AMELIA EHRHARDT, CURATOR
Amelia Ehrhardt is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and teacher. Her work deals with the parameters, possibilities, and working conditions of dancemaking. As the Curator of Dancemakers, Toronto, she uses seasonal programming as a kind of macro-choreography, and an artistic institution as a framework for change and hope. Her work has taken shape in solo improvisation, group choreography, and vociferous use of the internet. Amelia's practice is deeply fed by her work as a teacher. She regularly teaches adult beginner dance but also guest teaches in pre-professional dance training programs (York University, Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers) and the professional dance community. Amelia's teaching is rooted in a social justice oriented pedagogy that insists that a healthy experience and rigorous artistic/physical investigation do not need to be mutually exclusive. Amelia's work has been supported in residence and presentation across Canada and in situations ranging from itinerant artist-run centres to large institutions. She is the founder of Flowchart: a Series of Performance (now housed at Dancemakers), a former Lover at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and the inaugural Dance Curator at Summerworks Performance Festival. She holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University and has trained independently in Montréal, New York, and Vienna. Amelia is a 2016 fellow of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab, a participant in 8 DAYS: a Gathering of Canadian Choreographers, and a 2017 recipient of the danceWEB award. Amelia is based in Toronto and has never lived further than five kilometers from Lake Ontario.
Cody Berry, Project Coordinator*
Cody was raised in Lac La Croix, First Nation, and is a two spirited Ojibway contemporary dance artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Conteur Academy - a contemporary dance training program under the artistic direction of Eryn Waltman. Cody has worked with Frog in Hand Dance Theatre, Gadfly Dance Company/DLVR CITY, Metamorphosis Method (Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich), Redsky Performance, Larchaud Dance Projects, Hanna Kiel, Peri-dance Contemporary Dance Company, and the Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Choreographically he’s had the opportunity to show his work at the New Blue Dance Festival and will be debuting a new commissioned work at Fall For Dance North in October 2019 while launching his own company Northfoot Movement.
*Cody’s position is funded by
Banner photo Andrea Spaziani and Alicia Grant in Alicia's work "Chronic Need". Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh